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CNA bonus program may be implemented

Teachers aren’t the only profession in demand in Illinois. There is also a shortage of Certified Nursing Assistants and Registered Nurses, and the Piatt County Nursing Home will likely implement incentives to attract and keep them.


Riders sought for Duet bicycles

A local program that last year started giving rides to senior citizens on special Duet bicycles is so flush with volunteers that organizers are looking for more riders in 2019.


Payment required

The Piatt County nursing home committee has reversed a ruling made last July to forgive about $217,000 the facility owned in property taxes to county coffers.

Citing fairness and the need to shore up county funds, the committee voted 3-0 on March 11 to require the nursing home to pay the sum back by August.


Asbestos bid awarded for school project

The first bid has been approved for the Monticello school district’s $33.2 million building project. The school board approved $225,000 in asbestos abatement bids on March 14, a precursor to new construction at the high school/Washington Elementary campus that will begin this fall.


White Heath area variance denied

For the second time in four months, the Piatt County board has voted down a request from a rural White Heath landowner to split his 6.4-acre parcel and sell off a 2.4-acre piece as a homesite.


Tech upgrades likely in small doses for county

The Piatt County board’s building and grounds committee has approved a $1,680 purchase to renew expired software for county board members, but a more extensive countywide upgrade proposed last summer is still in the discussion stages.


'Will A. Wonkie' set for Bement stage

It’s not quite the Willie Wonka production many grew up with, but “Will A. Wonkie and the College Tour (chocolate not included)” is close enough to the original to take one back to the 1970s Gene Wilder-based movie, yet updated enough with college jocks, computer game addicts and selfie sticks to make it appeal to a modern audience.


Bank building remodel continues

Champaign developer and Monticello native Spencer Atkins has a tentative plan in mind as he remodels the Moore Building across from the Piatt County Courthouse.

But when one discovers things like original marble floors, one becomes flexible.


County committee updating office building map

The who, what and how much Piatt County Office Building tenants pay for space was discussed by the county board building and grounds committee, which met for a second time last week on Friday to update a map of current occupants in the county-owned building.


Christie Clinic opens at new location in Monticello

Monticello’s Christie Clinc has moved from one side of the downtown square to the other to fit its expanding clientele and needs.


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